The steed that my true love rides on is lighter than the wind
I forbid you maidens all, that wear gold in your hair,
Janet's belted her green kirtle a little above her knee,
She had not pulled a double rose, a rose but only two,
"Why pulls thou the rose, Janet, and why breaks thou the wand?
"Carter Hall it is my own, my father gave it me.
Now, Janet's belted her green kirtle a bit above her knee,
Then up spoke her father dear, and he spoke meek and mild:
"If that I go with child, father, it's my self shall bear the blame,
"For if my love was an earthly knight, as he's an elfin grey,
When she came to Carter Hall, Tam Lin was at the well.
"When I was from hunting come, then from my horse I fell,
"But at the murk and midnight hour, the faerie-folk will ride,
"Oh, first let pass the black, lady and then let pass the brown,
"They'll turn me to a bear so grim and then a lion bold,
"At last they'll turn me in your arms into the burning lead
So well she minded what he did say and young Tam Lin did win,
Up then spoke the Queen of Faeries, and an angry queen was she,
"But had I known, Tam Lin," she said, "what now this night I see,
The steed that my true love rides on is lighter than the wind.
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